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Kitchen Queries

Welcome to Kitchen Queries, where the nigella.com team will answer your cooking or food related questions.  We’d love you to submit some of your recipe problems, dilemmas or queries for us to get our teeth into!

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Latest Queries

  • Devilled Pork Chops

    I can't find Nigella's recipe for devilled pork chops in my copies of Nigella Express or How to Eat and I know I have used it many times! Please help if you can guide me to this one of the recipes in Nigella's cookbooks. Thanks, Cynthia Palank

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  • Venetian Carrot Cake.

    I have been looking at Nigella's Venetian Carrot Cake recipe in Kitchen and I'm wondering if I can use flour instead of ground almonds? If yes, then what amount of flour should I use? Also can I use something else instead of the rum? Thank you. Nisha

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  • Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

    I made the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies from Nigella Express for the first time. I followed the recipe carefully, except that I only added 250g choc chips instead of 350g. My cookies went as flat as a pancake, and spread all over the tray as they baked! Is this because there was too much fat in the recipe? They still tasted delicious I might add, and I made the second sheet of them smaller, and drizzled white chocolate over them and popped half a red glace cherry on the top, and they will pass muster. How can I make them turn out like the picture in the book?

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  • Caraway Seed Cake

    I love a good seed cake and caraway is my favourite flavour. I was wondering if it's possible to turn it into a dessert, served with fruit and cream, yogurt or mascarpone? If yes, which complementary flavours might you recommend? Many thanks.

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  • Chicken and Chorizo

    I love Nigella's Spanish Chicken traybake recipe (from Kitchen) using chicken thighs, new potatoes and chorizo and have cooked it lots of times. What could I serve it with vegetable-wise that would really complement the flavours?

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  • Lunchbox Treats

    I would like to make Nigella's Lunchbox Treats from Nigella Express, but where can I buy the rice malt syrup mentioned in the ingredients? Also are there any good substitutes?

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  • Removing Oven Smells

    I have a large electric oven. If I use it to grill chicken one day but the next day I need to bake a cake, I find that the smell of chicken is there in my cake. I have tried cleaning the oven in various ways, whilst it is still warm with plain water, with soapy water, with baking soda, with oven cleaning sprays, leaving it open all night after use, but I find the smell still persists. Any ideas on how to remove the smell?

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  • EVO

    Hi, I have been looking at the Persian Lamb Stew recipe on Nigella's website and wondered what is "evo", mentioned in the ingredients list?

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